Get to know Michael…
How long have you worked at NS4L?
I originally worked for NS4L for a little over a year starting in August 2004. I’m now three months into my second tour of duty.
How did you get suckered into working here?
Ah, yes. I first heard about NS4L back in August 2004. My first college buddy was the brother of an owner/partner and he’d begun working there about a month earlier. Through him, I started coming in to help unload shipping containers and was eventually hired a few weeks later due to my stellar work ethic! That first year of working for NS4L was probably the most fun I’ve ever had working. After a boring 7+ year hiatus, I’m back with NS4L and back having fun!
What is your favorite NS4L memory?
So many awesome memories that it’s way too difficult to choose one favorite! I could babble on forever about the people I’ve met, the trips we’ve taken, the stuff I’ve learned, the toys we’ve built and driven… and, oh man, in some cases, wrecked. Anything that makes me think about the company when it first started brings smiles, laughs, and some serious shaking of the head — we were all just kids back then (and I still am)! Just the way NS4L has grown makes me a happy guy, proud to have been a small part of it.
How would you describe NS4L’s culture?
Wicked awesome, totally gnarly, and absolutely groovy. There is a serious dedication to having fun and creating a positive, laid-back atmosphere for customers and employees alike, while also maintaining the right amount of serious attention to detail to properly and efficiently run a business for which everyone can be proud.
What is your favorite NS4L Core Value?
SIQ Awesomeness resonates the most with me because service, integrity, and quality are values that I hope and aim to personify in my own life. It’s much better than being a self-centered, dishonest corner cutter!
If you could have your dream vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have so much world to travel that every vacation feels like a dream, but I’ve always felt that the Australian coast, Paris, and a couple places throughout Canada would be places I would go and never want to leave – and all for different reasons. I’ve also always imagined retiring to Tuscany and learning to run my own olive oil farm and harbor rescued animals.
What is your favorite ice cream?
A really good vanilla ice cream with caramel and some gummy bears.
What is your favorite smell that other people would find weird?
I love the smell of saltwater and gardenias. The first chance I get to crack a window when I’m near the beach is instant nostalgia and soul-soothing.
Would you rather spend your leisure money on experiences or tangible things?
Right now it’s both because we’ve spent a lot of leisure money making a home out of our apartment, but we’re close to being done and then it will all be spent on vacations and experiences.
What movie can you watch over and over without getting tired of it?
If I’m ever channel surfing, I will immediately stop at National Treasure regardless of what I planned to do with the rest of my day. This is the primary reason I don’t turn on the TV before work. “Sorry Collin, I can’t come to work today. Something came up and I’m gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.”
Do you prefer cooking at home or eating out?
I love both equally. There’s nothing quite like cooking at home with love. It doesn’t matter whether it’s peasant food or something upscale, I enjoy cooking both and my heart is so full that I believe it comes through. But I also love eating out and experiencing other people’s vision, interpretation, and expertise.
Would you rather form connections with people on-line or in person?
Definitely in person, but I really value the online part of the equation too. There’s a lot to be said for the honesty and vulnerability that comes through when you are able to chat online with someone, having the time to think out responses and choose the exact words you want to use and what you want to divulge. I think the online connection has the best chance to be a deep connection at first, until you’ve become so comfortable that the in-person connection can flourish.
What is your worst bad habit?
Biting my nails. If you think yours are bad, I can pretty much promise you that mine are worse.
What inspires you?
I draw much of my inspiration from the day-to-day good in the world. There are few things more contagious and gratifying than witnessing and offering random acts of kindness. I also have something of a muse that unknowingly inspires me everyday.
If NS4L was an athletic team, what would your jersey number be and why?
3. The most consistent identity I’ve possessed across my 27 years is that of a raging sports-a-holic. Dale Earnhardt was practically my idol as a kid and that’s probably the biggest reason 3 has always been my favorite number. That and pretending to be Dennis Scott (Orlando Magic) raining down 3-pointers in my front yard.
If you were going to catfish someone online, how would you describe yourself to the person you are catfishing?
I’m a 27 year old, 5′ 8″ 145 lb male with a build somewhere between scrawny and moderately athletic – brown hair, blue eyes. I’m not much for deceit, what you see is what you get… Or maybe I’m a busty blonde bombshell. Hmm.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
One of my all time favorite movies is Kill Bill – I just love the way Tarantino does film. There’s a scene where Bill, played by the brilliant David Carradine, gives an explanation about Superman that I think of every time I’m asked a question such as this. He states: “As you know, l’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology… The mythology is not only great, it’s unique. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kent’s found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.” That’s my answer. Utter brilliance…